I'm making my first foray into the high(er)-end audio world and I'm now mostly convinced that once I hook up my new sweet speakers (www.tyleracoustics.com, Linbrook Sig monitors) that it is going to sound like my hand-me-down Kenwood surround stereo is powered by a diesel engine, my CD player will sound like finger nails on a chalk board, and that the sound will be so terrible as to offend even my neighbors in their own homes. Seriously.
So I'm considering a few options. 1)Wait it out and try the Kenwood receiver. I know it won't have enough power to run the speakers to their full potential. I'll likely do this anyway, since it won't cost any extra. 2) Find a good new/used integrated amp, and 3) Find a good new/used pre-amp and power the speakers with some monoblock amps used to power the same speakers in a friend's setup (IRD audio MB-100's).
So here is an actual question:
I'm looking at preamps more then integrated. For a new unit, I'm considering a NAD C162. I've also been purusing online used resources and have seen some used equipment that may be good in a similar price range (about $400-600). Perhaps a Classe DR-5. Am I better off buying the NAD (new or maybe an old, cheaper model) to get started, or spend a little more on a better used unit?
I don't even like asking that question. I know it's such a subjective topic, but I think my head is going to pop, so I thought I would fire off a question before I get my keyboard all messy. Thanks. I feel a little better already.
Are you still with me? I feel a little like I'm venting, since I don't have a good sounding board in the way of a local hi-fi store. So I'll say that I'm willing to hear any advice or direction in the way of good resources. Especially local sources in the Cleveland, OH area. Thanks for reading.